a few of my favourite things {March 2014} + a behind the scenes look at making my cookbook + some BIG news!

So, hello April 1st. I've been waiting for you for a very long time! While some may call you April fools, me, I call you my official book launch date!!! Whaaaaa! Today's the day people! While I get back to cooking like a mad woman for this book launch I thought it might be quite nice to share my favourites post with a bunch of behind-the-scenes shots tacked on the end from back when I was making the book, along with a handful of shots that didn't quite make the cut. Thanks so much for all your lovely emails, messages and comments. It feels so bloody awesome to hear you're all loving the book as much as I do! Also crazy, amazing news to wake up to this morning... my blog is a finalist in the Saveur awards, in the Best Original Recipes catergory sitting alongside SO many of my favourite bloggers. Please vote and spread the word (blog with the most votes wins)!

* I made this for you.
* Shipping container houses to blow your mind!
* Symbiotic sustainability.
* The Other Kate Berry
* Le Pirate blog
* I want to sneak into this house and never leave.
* Healthy 'easter eggs'! Yum.
* I wanna convert this cake to gluten-free real soon.
* I shared the last of my Vietnam photos over on Common Threads recently.
* The one and only, Mr J.
* Love this post, thanks so much Liz! (To read our little phone interview click here).
* My book is now available at most leading and independant bookstores throughout NZ/Australia, as well as online!

xx Emm

P.s The big muesli-filled glass jar in the lead photo is the actual one I speak about in the book, it's my Dad's. 


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  • molly yeh
    April 1, 2014 at 12:46 am

    happy book birthday!!!! yayayayayayayyy!!!!!! so so exciting.

    ooh and those chocolate and rosemary hot cross buns! get those in ma belly.

    • emma
      April 3, 2014 at 6:07 am

      Thanks Molly! How good do they look right?!

  • Sneh | Cook Republic
    April 1, 2014 at 12:55 am

    Love the behind scene shots! So beautiful! Well done Emma on a wonderful book. Hope it smashes all bestselling charts. Congratulations on Publication Day, good luck with the launch tonight and with Saveur! xx

    • emma
      April 3, 2014 at 6:07 am

      Thanks so much Sneh! All the best with yours too! xx

  • Golubka
    April 1, 2014 at 1:06 am

    Biggest, warmest congratulations to you, Emma, on the book release! I can't wait to hold it in my hands, knowing already that I'll be cooking from it a lot! Also, congratulations on Saveur nomination! Huge day for you, so well deserved!

    • emma
      April 3, 2014 at 6:08 am

      Thanks so much Anya! Congrats to you too! So awesome to see so many of my blogging friends are finalists this year! xx

  • Shanna Mallon
    April 1, 2014 at 1:12 am

    Oh, Emma! So dreamy! I am so happy for you! Big high fives from Nashville!

    • emma
      April 3, 2014 at 6:08 am

      Thanks Shanna! xx

  • Liz Berg
    April 1, 2014 at 1:32 am

    CONGRATS on the cookbook launch AND the Saveur award nomination! Popping over from Lizzy's blog 🙂

    • emma
      April 3, 2014 at 6:08 am

      Thanks Liz (both ones! Hehe) xx

  • Zainab Mansaray
    April 1, 2014 at 3:07 am

    Yay!! Congrats on the Saveur award nomination. Was very happy to see your name on the list 🙂 Of course congratulations on the book!! I've been waiting for a while! Your pictures are a constant inspiration.

    • emma
      April 3, 2014 at 6:09 am

      Thanks so much Zainab! xx

  • Ricki
    April 1, 2014 at 3:37 am

    Huge congrats on your cookbook launch! So exciting! AND the Saveur nomination–woot! I hope you enjoy this part of the process, too. And thanks so much for linking to my chocolate-covered easter eggs! 😀

    • emma
      April 3, 2014 at 6:09 am

      Thanks Ricki! Your easter eggs look and sound amazing, not sure I'll have time this easter to make them but I'm totally saving this recipe for another time 🙂 xx

  • Heidi - Apples Under My Bed
    April 1, 2014 at 3:50 am

    I am so so excited for you, Emma! Congratulations. Like giving birth, I imagine. THe book looks just divine, outrageously beautiful. Enjoy your launch, & congratulations for your (well deserved) nomination, too. Enjoy this magic time, you deserve a negroni 😉 xx

    • emma
      April 3, 2014 at 6:10 am

      Exactly like giving birth for sure love! Thanks so much xx

  • Bizzy Lizzy's Good Things
    April 1, 2014 at 5:45 am

    What a gorgeous post, Emm… congratulations on the launch of your book, and also on the Saveur nomination! And thank you for the lovely shout out, I loved chatting with you : )

    • emma
      April 3, 2014 at 6:10 am

      Thanks Liz and you're more than welcome! xx

  • Emma Gardner
    April 1, 2014 at 7:37 am

    So excited for you Emma – what a thrilling few days! xx

    • emma
      April 3, 2014 at 6:11 am

      Thanks Emma! Congrats on your nomination too!! Good luck! xx

  • Kari
    April 1, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Congratulations on the book launch! These photos are gorgeous too – thanks for sharing 🙂

    • emma
      April 3, 2014 at 6:11 am

      You're so welcome Kari, thanks heaps xx

  • Sam
    April 1, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Congratulations! And thank you so much for listing me (well, my blog… same thing) as one of your favourite things! I'm all giddy you've made my year. Much love xx

    • emma
      April 3, 2014 at 6:12 am

      Haha, you know I love you're work Sam! Can't believe it took me so long to put two and two together and realise it was you behind the beautiful Le Pirate blog! xx

  • Anonymous
    April 1, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Hi Emma

    I received your beautiful book today! I don't know where to start, all the recipes look delicious. Your photography is fantastic.

    I'm sorry I couldn't be at your book launch, I would have loved a signed copy!

    Going to get my sourdough started tonight.



    • emma
      April 3, 2014 at 6:12 am

      Ah that's awesome news Erica! Enjoy xx

  • Abby @ The Frosted Vegan
    April 1, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Woo hoo, congrats! Congrats on the Saveur nomination as well, well deserved : )

    • emma
      April 3, 2014 at 6:13 am

      Thanks so much Abby! xx

  • london bakes
    April 1, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Hurrah for book launch day! I love these little behind the scenes shots and especially the one of you + the family on the beach <3

    • emma
      April 3, 2014 at 6:13 am

      Thanks Kathryn! I love that photo too, if only they could have all fitted in the book 🙂

  • Sini | my blue and white kitchen
    April 1, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    I always love to read your favorite lists but today it was extra special. Thanks for sharing pics from behind the scenes! And once again: CONGRATS on launching your book AND on being nominated. What a day.

    • emma
      April 3, 2014 at 6:14 am

      Quite the day wasn't it Sini!? Huge congrats to you on your nomination too! All the best xx

  • Lindsey (dolly and oatmeal)
    April 1, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    So much excitement and good things for you, Emma! Congrats, and I couldn't be happier to be alongside you for the Saveur awards, you are an inspiration! xo

    • emma
      April 3, 2014 at 6:14 am

      Thanks Lindsey, I'm honoured to be alongside you too! xx

  • Amy @ parsley in my teeth
    April 1, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Many congratulations on the book and blog award nomination — much deserved! You have a beautiful blog.

    • emma
      April 3, 2014 at 6:15 am

      Thanks Amy! xx

  • InTolerant Chef
    April 2, 2014 at 9:59 am

    What exciting goings-on indeed! Congratulations and good luck! Beautiful photos sweetie, thanks for the behind the scenes shots xox

    • emma
      April 3, 2014 at 6:15 am

      You're welcome Rebbeca and thank you, always xx

  • Bake Club
    April 2, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Congrats Emma – what a fantastic achievement! I have voted for you! All the best, Frances

    • emma
      April 3, 2014 at 6:15 am

      Thanks so much Frances! xx

  • Deb
    April 5, 2014 at 2:57 am

    That's awesome news Emma. Congrats to you. I have been following you for ages and your recipes are always so yum. I have just ordered the book from our local bookshop.

  • Elzbieta Hester
    April 6, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Congratulations! Great work! 🙂 ela@GrayApron

  • Steph
    April 6, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Chocolate and rosemary hot cross buns! Congratulations on the book and the awards – wonderful news 🙂

  • Lila Wolff
    April 7, 2014 at 12:32 am

    Congratulations on the book! I have popped over and voted for you good luck!

  • Natalie
    April 7, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Beautiful book- what a wonderful accomplishment.
    A relative just sent me a copy (to the US) and I'm so excited to try everything!
    Good luck on the award!